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Death of William Smith

William Smith, who came to Pawnee county in the early days and settled on a farm northwest of Larned, died at his home in Larned early last Thursday morning after an illness of more than a year. Mr. Smith, who was a colored man, was an old and respected resident of Larned and Pawnee county. A number of years ago he sold his farm and moved into Larned where he has lived until his death last week.
Mr. Smith was born in Alabama December 25, 1841, and lived in Alabama until he was a young man. When the Civil War broke out, he escaped from the plantation on which he worked and joined the Union Army, although he did not enlist. He cooked for the Union Army all during the war, and came to Pawnee county a number of years after the war, and became a successful and respected wheat farmer.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Beckwith Mortuary, and interment was in the Larned cemetery. A large crowd attended the services. Besides his wife, Mr. Smith is survived by five children: Mrs. Mose Madison, Wiley Smith and Bus Smith, all of Larned; and Mrs. Chas. Fox of Wichita and Mrs. Mattie McLean of Eureka.
Transcribed and Contributed by Richard Schwartzkopf

Last Updated:  Tuesday, July 26, 2005 14:03:50

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